Vintage Reports, Years: 2015

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2015 vintage report for Geographe (Western Australia)

In the Geographe region, vintage commenced earlier than usual with most white varieties and some early ripening red varieties in harvest at the time of the report. After a cool spring, many growers in the area expected vines to slow down, but two weeks of consistently hot weather sped the process up leading to the […]

2015 vintage report for Swan District (Western Australia)

The Swan Valley had an exceptionally good vintage 2015, according to Duncan Harris of the Swan Valley and Regional Winemakers Association. Warm spring weather conditions had vignerons worried the 2015 vintage may start in 2014, however a cool December brought the region above average, even-ripening yields. Harris said some growers reported an increased yield on […]

2015 vintage report for Granite Belt (Queensland)

Sirromet Wines began its 2015 vintage in early February, with the first crush being Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to be used for premium sparkling base, according to Adam Chapman, Sirromet chief winemaker. Verdelho, Pinot Gris, Viognier and Chardonnay white varietals had been harvested in the following weeks, while the red fruit had only just began […]

2015 vintage report for Tasmania

According to Rafe Nottage, from Tasmania’s Bream Creek Vineyard, the vintage 2015 on 20 March when Chardonnay was picked from Block D for their Cuvee sparkling. “Our cool site not only produces fabulous grape flavours but also allows the retention of natural acid which is vital for the production of premium sparkling wine,” Nottage said. […]

2015 vintage report for Canberra (NSW/ACT)

Winemakers in Canberra have tipped 2015 as “the best vintage ever” after an early beginning. The season peaked in late March and by the end of the month only a rump of cooler, higher vineyards, late-ripening varieties and grapes destined for dessert wines remained to be picked. Late on Saturday, March 21, Ken Helm, Murrumbateman […]

2015 vintage report for Rutherglen (Victoria)

The 2015 vintage has been great for Rutherglen producers. A hallmark of the season has been consistent quality across all varieties, high quality and good cropping levels. Overall, the season has been relatively mild and kind to growers, with little disease pressure and a long ripening window. Vintage kicked off in Rutherglen on January 23 […]

2015 vintage report for New England (New South Wales)

The 2015 vintage promises to be one of the best in recent times in the New England region, according to Sam Watson from the New England Wine Industry Association. “While the region is one of the largest in the country and conditions vary greatly, generally the vintage was kind and the fruit from the vintage […]

2015 vintage report for Goulburn Valley (Victoria)

In yet another affirmation of the climate change theorists, the 2015 harvest at Goulburn Valley commenced earlier than any vintage that preceded it. The harvest officially launched into action on 6 February with both white and red varieties ripening with remarkable synchronicity, according to Travis Clydesdale, Mitchelton winemaker. As oppose to the extreme heat of […]

2015 vintage report for Orange (New South Wales)

Make hay while the sun shines! Appropriate words as the regions vignerons were launched into vintage for another year. Not only winegrapes but an incredible crop of stone fruits, berries and apples continues to be harvested across the tablelands of the Orange region, according to David Crawley, Orange Region Vignerons Association president. “As the first […]

2015 vintage report for Heathcote (Victoria)

Phil Meehan, Heathcote Winegrowers’ Association president, said local vineyards were monitoring the weather daily ahead of a start on harvesting Shiraz before signs of heat stress appeared in the “Our shiraz vines look to have produced well again, helped by generally good conditions over spring and a summer climate this year that has allowed fruit […]

2015 vintage report for Cowra (New South Wales)

The 2015 vintage has been particularly promising in the Cowra region according to Jason O’Dea, Windowrie general manager and viticulturist. Yields were somewhat lower than average due to the frost in 2014, however the quality of the fruit was some of the best the region has seen in the past 10 years. “The growing season […]

2015 vintage report for Mornington Peninsula (Victoria)

Mornington Peninsula’s first grapes of the season were handpicked off the vine at Yabby Lake Vineyard in February, according to the vineyard’s group viticulturist, Keith Harris. Harris said Yabby Lake usually kicked off the harvest for the Mornington Peninsula due to the location of the vineyard. “We’re a little further north and we get slightly […]

2015 vintage report for Yarra Valley (Victoria)

After a fantastic winter in terms of rain and temperatures in the Yarra Valley, the weather improved for a timely budburst which rolled into a warm spring that was perfect for flowering. Julian Grounds, Innocent Bystander senior winemaker, said the vineyards were full of tightly packed bunches ahead of the harvest season. “We’re thrilled because […]

2015 vintage report for Grampians (Victoria)

The Grampians saw blue skies and sunshine in the lead up to the vintage, with some lovely top up rains that refreshed the vines, according to Manon Houg from Mount Langi Ghiran and Grampians Wine spokesperson. “It was a pleasant summer without the heat of previous years,” Houg said. “The vintage was surprisingly early given […]

2015 vintage report for Mount Barker (Western Australia)

Overall, Mount Barker’s vintage was very predictable, according to Kim Tyrer, Mount Barker Wine Producers president and Galafrey Wines chief executive officer. While good quality wines were produced, falling yields continued to put pressure on prices and availability. “Most vineyards in the WA reported low tonnages so we weren’t alone,” Tyrer said. “As dry years […]

2015 vintage report for Pemberton and Manjimup (Western Australia)

The vintage in Pemberton and Manjimup had it all this year, according to Mark Aitken, Woodgate Wines winemaker. “What a vintage 2015 has been so far, you name it we’ve had it,” Aitken said. Several hailstorms teamed with a devastating fire and unusual wildlife behaviour had dire consequences for some vineyards in the Frankland area. […]

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